Continuing Jewish Education

Creating a Community of Lifelong Jewish Learners

The Leland and Mary Gottstein Continuing Jewish Education Program is dedicated to the concept that Jewish learning doesn’t end with Religious School – it continues throughout our lives. Our adult education offerings are designed to encourage critical thinking, inspire rich debate, promote curiosity, and nourish our minds and souls. B’nai Tikvah members and others in the community have access to a wide variety of continuing education programs, courses and activities, led by experienced teachers who provide stimulating, high-quality instruction.

Adult Education Brochure

Ad Ed Brochure 2019-2020

Studies With the Rabbi

Learn and grow with Rabbi David and others in our community.

Torah With the Rabbi

The Rabbi offers a weekly Torah study session, with a special focus on the Bible as a living tradition. The texts are looked at closely to see how they are perceived by classical and modern commentators, as well as their implications for contemporary society. Contact Rabbi David ( if you are interested.

Lore in the Loop & Lore in the Suburbs

This program brings the Rabbi right to the offices of class participants — both in the Loop and in the ‘burbs. Lunch and lively discussion are provided. Our current topic is Pirkei Avot: The Ethics of Our Fathers – Jewish ethical teachings that provide a path for a better life.

  • Lore in the Loop: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10, Apr. 21, May 12
  • Lore in the Suburbs: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm. Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 18, Mar. 18, Apr. 28 May 19
  • $25 cost includes lunch at participants offices
  • Contact Anita Lurie ( if you are interested

Language Classes

Crash Hebrew – This intensive course is offered every August for students with little to no knowledge of Hebrew. We’ll have you reading Hebrew in time for Rosh Hashanah!

  • Eight Sessions – 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • August 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29
  • Registration Fee: $75/Members, $100/Non-Members
  • Contact Anita Lurie ( if you are interested

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew – The class will enhance the Hebrew language experience while exploring the Israeli culture using a variety of media and tools such as video clips, songs, news articles and culinary experiences.

Wednesdays, 6:30 PM October – April

  • Begins October 30 ( no classes: 11/27, 12/25, 1/1/20, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15) Class ends 5/20

Florence & Laurence Spungen Memorial Film Series

Our popular Jewish Film Series is a great way to get a taste of Jewish culture, explore new concepts and hang out with friends in a fun, festive atmosphere. Each year we screen some of the best Jewish-related films made in America and throughout the world. Films are shown once a month, with a discussion afterwards.

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